13 Responses to “Me and my library… the love/hate relationship revealed.”

  1. Nicole August 9, 2005 at 7:58 PM #

    I like my library. I think I’m at the online catalog at least once a day checking out what they have available. I like being able to check out new hardbacks that I wouldn’t probably ever buy.

  2. Jay August 9, 2005 at 9:59 PM #

    I’m not really all that in love with the library either for similar reasons. I like to hold on to books for a while before I start to read them. Also my biggest fear (not really) is that I’ll get a book from the library, love it and want to keep it. Then what? I hate buying books I’ve already read – that’s money I could spending on a book I havent read yet!

    My solution has been to go to the library for the books that sound interesting but I’m not quite sure about.

  3. Kristie (J) August 9, 2005 at 10:03 PM #

    I went to the library for the first time in years and took out 2 books. The first one – the In Death one whose name escapes me at the moment I read and returned in 2 days. The other one I forgot I had and ended up paying $3 late fee, so I know what you mean about late fees!

    BTW How did you get a copy of Crazy Hot so soon you luckly mama you?

  4. RenΓ©eW August 10, 2005 at 2:03 AM #

    I love my library. Many libraries like mine have really updated their systems in the last few years. You can go online everyday to check your account and place books on hold. They will deliver it to the library nearest you and notify you via email that it’s ready to pick up. Also you get email when it’s due. I know those fines can get to be expensive but if you check your email regularly you should be fine :). Worth checking into.

    And just think of all the money you will save. Someday Brianna’s food, clothes, diapers, toys… will turn into food, clothes (designer of course), tuition, room & board, car maintenance etc. etc. and believe me you’re going to need the money. (BTW, she’s a real cutie!)

  5. Jessica August 10, 2005 at 4:39 AM #

    I’ve paid so much in fines since I’ve been going to the library for something to do since Olivia has been born. It’s like, why not just get this book too, and I end up leaving with a huge stack, at least once a week, on different days of the week each time. So, I always forget to renew on line on time, and fees galore!

    When we moved here they were actually sending me stuff in the mail, that’s how desperate they were for their fees, so foget them, I’m in a new town now, new library! Bwahahaha! I would actually feel bad if they didn’t outrageously overcharge in fees and I hadn’t already paid them a arm and a leg every few weeks.

    Mine are mostly either books for Olivia or some kind of decorating/gardening/craft type book for me though. I’m going to have the most outdated decor and garden there is! πŸ˜‰

    My new library has a coffee shop too! πŸ˜€

    I better go check when those books on-line right now actually…

  6. Michele August 10, 2005 at 8:04 AM #

    Good Gravy!
    This topic has me buzzing. I LOVE my library. Love the on-line system the most. I’m one of the top 5 users in the whole town . They don’t bother calling me anymore to tell me my books are in…before I was blogging and journaling (didn’t know such things existed!), I was surfing the on-line library. I usually have the 20 items maxed and recently I maxed the # of items out list..50 items! In 2 years (I don’t know if I already bored you with this tidbit) combining books, videos/DVD’s and music CD’s, I’ve borrowed over 1900 items!!!!

    I surf looking under my favorite topics of paranormal, romance etc and I compile lists of books for which I can save and have sent to my email address. Then I print it and use that as my book order list. I’ve just discovered the ebooks they have and they’ve been talking about MP3’s. My town’s librarians LOVE technology and are always looking to expand the towns user base. Its a small town, and after hearing about my cousin’s situation, no money being put back to support purchases of new books and those they do are only the ones that make the best sellers lists…mainstream stuff, I really appreciate my library’s efforts. Most of the books I tell her about , she can’t get ahold of. That’s why I am thankful that my library is the way it is.
    Oh, they also have awesome programs for kids. They had a reptile show that had a 4 ft water monitor, it was able to walk around on the floor and we all got to touch it..along with the other snakes. It was cool!
    AND, they have this awesome book sale twice a year where you can get books for a song. I bought 2 hard cover LKS’ Merry Gentry series for $2.00!!
    They only have enough shelf space to keep books for 3 years, they buy more of course, but to make room, they put the slow-borrows out for sale at great prices. That is when I find the good stuff that I borrowed, similar to Jays’ comment about not wanting to buy something you’ve already read. If you can get it for 50 cents or $1.00, why not? The price is right. It works out great!

    What are the late fees you pay? Mine is .10 a day. Do other libraries charge more????

    I like the coffee shop idea that Jessica wrote about. That’s a wonderful thing to have.

    *groan* I did it again,didn’t I? Rambling TMI and now your eyes are glazed over.
    My apologies for being an overenthusiastic library cheerleader.

  7. Michele August 10, 2005 at 8:14 AM #

    OH Correction
    LKH…NOT LKS…sorry

    AND,,,I got too wrapped up in one topic, I forgot the other IMPORTANT question…Same as kristieJ asked,
    how DID you get Crazy Hot already?? It took another blog site to help me find out what happened to Glenna and now that she’s writing as Tara, ((CH wasn’t supposed to be out until Sept!)) I’ve been looking forward to seeing her new writing style.

    I’ve been waiting MONTHS for Sept to arrive,and you are ALREADY reading it!

    How lucky can a girl get???!~!

  8. Jaci Burton August 10, 2005 at 8:16 AM #

    library? we have libraries? *g*

    just kidding.

    clearly i need to visit mine more often….because I keep buying these books that languish on my bookshelf and don’t get read when i could be amassing fines for not returning books that won’t get read instead….you know, contributing to my local government economy that way. πŸ˜‰

    and yes, i’m joking. *g*

  9. Breezy August 10, 2005 at 8:19 AM #

    I LOVE my library system. They have a pretty good selection of new Science fiction, Chick lit…an okay selection of romances from more popular authors. They have a reserve list, an online catalogue and email notification of holds. The bonus is that my branch is maybe a third of a mile away.

    Our fines are .50 a day…blech! I have over ten dollars that I need to pay.

  10. Highlandgal August 10, 2005 at 11:43 AM #

    Everyone had covered all of the ways your “modern” library is probably better than you remember. And about those fines…a librarian once told me to just view it as an opportunity to make a donation. It’s all about the attitude πŸ˜‰

  11. Michele August 10, 2005 at 1:27 PM #

    50 cents per book per day late??!!!
    Whoa!!! That’s steep!!
    I had no idea they could go up that high!
    I like my 10 cents so much better. Espeically since one day I had 5 books 3 days late..hmmm. that is $1.50 vs. $7.50?!!!
    OUCH!

    There’s a “donation” and then there’s giving an arm and a leg..geesh!

  12. Crystal August 10, 2005 at 3:33 PM #

    I love my library too for all the reasons others have listed. I currently have about 20 books out, but keep up with them online. Thankfully our fines are only $0.20 a day.

    I use to be like a lot of you and never return the books on time, but I guess I am better about it now (and the library is right on my way home from work). I am constantly reserving books because with my 3 month old I don’t have much time to run in and look through the books.

  13. Jaynie R August 15, 2005 at 3:02 AM #

    I hate the library. They always make me give the books back.

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